Attack utilizing dirty stream on Android phones

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Attack utilizing dirty stream on Android phones
Attack utilizing dirty stream on Android phones

Microsoft finds that the ‘Dirty Stream’ attack on Android phones takes advantage of vulnerabilities in app data.

Microsoft recently found a security flaw that targets Android cellphones, especially the “Dirty Stream” attack. It takes advantage of a weakness in the way apps exchange data, which could endanger your device and data.

All you need to know is this:

What it is: Consider an application that resembles the Dirty Stream attack and has a leaky pipe. This vulnerability allows malicious apps to alter the data flow between legitimate apps, which could result in:

  • Code execution: Cybercriminals may introduce harmful code into other applications on your phone, gaining unauthorized authority.
  • Data theft: Private data, such as bank account information or login credentials, may be taken from other applications.

Impact: This vulnerability may compromise the security of other apps you use in addition to the rogue app itself.

  • Affected Apps: The Dirty Stream attack can affect a sizable number of Android apps, some of which have millions of installations.

Microsoft specifically mentioned two popular programs, which are:

More than one billion installations of Xiaomi’s File Manager software have been made.

Over 500 million installations of the well-known office suite, WPS Office, exist.

WPS Office and Xiaomi have already released patches to fix the issues. Nevertheless, if you have these apps installed on your Android device, Microsoft recommends that you update them right now.

How to be safe when using an Android smartphone

  • Make sure you update your apps frequently to include the most recent security fixes. You may do this through the Google Play Store or other trustworthy sources.
  • To lower the risk of running malware, only download programs from reliable developers and retailers.
  • Give careful consideration to the permissions apps ask for before installing them.

Unnecessary approvals can increase your exposure to risk.

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